Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Royal Creek, Buckhorn Wilderness | © Wild Olympics Campaign Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers such as the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These and other iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, and they provide critical habitat for… Read more »

Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update

American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away! Watch the latest report from King 5 TV, where divers from The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency fight strong… Read more »

Progress report: Elwha River dam removal

One month ago, we kicked off the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River. We’ve been wowed by the progress – watching with the help of Olympic National Park’s web cams — as crews take down these dams bit by bit. Here’s a snapshot of the Elwha Dam demolition so far: Earlier Snapshots… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… Read more »

Reflections on the Elwha dam removal ceremony

The day before the dam removal ceremony. Credit: Amy Kober Watch this post as a video blog I just returned from an amazing, inspiring weekend, celebrating the removal of the Elwha River dams. I wanted to share some of my experiences with you. On Saturday, I was proud to attend the ceremony at Elwha Dam,… Read more »

Hiking Up the Biggest Dam Removal in History

Restoring the Elwha | National Park Service Before removal of Elwha Dam began in 2011, I wrote an essay for Wend Magazine about hiking up to the Elwha River’s headwaters. A short excerpt is below. Now the dam removal project is almost complete, and I still feel the same way — grateful to be a… Read more »

Restoring the White Salmon and Elwha rivers

2011: The Year of the River Keep informed on the latest information about dams, dam removals and protecting our rivers. * First Name: * Last Name: * Email: ZIP: Yes! I want to learn more about issues affecting our nation’s rivers. Spam Control Text: In a less than five months, some of the most exciting… Read more »

River Art: Fish Made of Elwha Dam Rebar

Salmon art crafted from rebar removed from the Elwha Dam What to do with all of the debris created by a dam removal? Serena posted about this last month, and I wanted to add one more way to repurpose old dam bits and pieces. We made this fish art out of a piece of rebar… Read more »

Why is Restoring the Elwha River Important?

Glines Canyon Dam removal – Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS The world is watching as Washington’s Elwha River runs free. Bob Irvin, the President of American Rivers was recently interviewed by BBC’s Newsday for a story about the biggest dam removal in history. Dam removal began in 2011 and the final blast… Read more »